Bleak House Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What has become of the inheritance which is the issue of the Jarndyce lawsuit?

2. Jarndyce and Jarndyce is the ___________.

3. Why is Jo's evidence deemed to be inadmissable?

4. Prince Turveydrop's profession is that of ___________.

5. The old Mr. Turveydrop is completely focused on ___________.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the reader's impression of detective Bucket? How does Dickens accomplish his portrayal of Bucket?

2. What purpose does it serve having Lady Dedlock take a shine to the lovely new maid, Rosa?

3. Why has Chesney Wold become quiet and dismal? How is it different now from before?

4. Who is Volumnia Dedlock? Discuss her role and her physical appearance.

5. Discuss the ending of the story. What is Dickens' intention when he allows Esther to live on happily after all that has taken place?

6. what is to become of Krook's Rag and Bottle house, now that he has died? Is its disposition a surprise?

7. How did Gerge get so embroiled in the plot of this story? What is his role?

8. What is Mrs. Snagsby's problem? What is comical about her behavior at the "improvement" of Jo?

9. Describe the relationship between the married Dedlocks, Sir Leicester, and Lady Dedlock.

10. Discuss Dickens' opinion of Nemo's good Christian burial. Is his attitude positive?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

At one point in Bleak House, Richard Carstone intends to be an MRCS, or "Member of the Royal College of Surgeons." Research this institution and determine whether it still exists and its current status.

Essay Topic 2

Write a well-researched essay on England's "work-houses" for the indigent. You should include how they came to be, what they offered, the conditions present, and whether anything like them exists today. If they were closed, when and why did this take place?

Essay Topic 3

There is much intrigue and undelivered communication that makes the plot of Bleak House complex and, at times, confusing. Examine in an essay all the ways in which Dickens portrays the dangers of mixed messages and miscommunication in Bleak House.

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